Journey from Syria to the Award
Mohammad came to the UK from Syria as a refugee and started his Award journey. Mohammad (Mo) is now the proud holder of his Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards. Mo was first introduced to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as part of a course he was studying at college, where he achieved his Bronze Award. He enjoyed it so much that he chose to go on and complete his Gold Award.
Having always found spending time outdoors fun, Mo’s favourite section was the Adventurous Journey. He had camped in Syria before, but it wasn’t the same for him as when he was doing his Award programme.
Mo’s Voluntary Service section involved working for the Red Cross, which he continues to do as part of the Youth Leadership Team. Part of his role is to help other refugees – showing them around their new city, introducing them to British culture and helping them with their English language.
I believe that my Gold Award helped me to get an interview to study at the University of Southampton in September, and I have met some of my best friends throughout my [Award] journey.
Originally, Mo signed up to do the Award to help improve his English, meet friends and experience new things. It was an exciting prospect as there wasn’t anything similar to the Award in Syria for him to take part in. However, during his Award journey, Mo developed teamwork, communication and leadership skills, which he was able to evidence in his university application and at his interview to study Medicine at the University of Southampton.
*Thanks to DofE UK for sharing this Award story.